High or Low Compression

high low compression tops Outplay Swimmee in black low compression swimwear compression top tomboy

High or Low Compression?

What’s the difference between them? Which one is best for you?

To best answer this question, we think we should explain how our compression tops are made.

Our compression tops are made with several layers of fabric: the basic outer spandex layer, the lining, and then there’s the special mesh material between these two that creates the compression. On the low compression tops you only have the compressing mesh material in the front of the top giving you support and some compression but not compressing you from all ends. On the high compression tops you have the mesh material in both the front and the back, creating what we could compare to (but not exactly the same as) Spanx, where you are being compressed and held tight all around.  Then there’s the no-compression tops which are made like traditional swimwear with the outer spandex fabric and the lining, and nothing in between.
 In the low and high compression tops the compressing mesh material is found throughout the entire top, evenly, so it would compress your chest as well as your stomach. Of course, all bodies are different so how and how much it compresses your stomach and chest depends on your personal experience and shape.  It also depends on the size and cut of the top you choose.
To give you an idea of what a low compression Swimmee and a high compression Swimmee in the same size would look on someone, we asked our friend Melo to help us.
Outplay Swimmee in Outplay blue high compression swimwear compression top tomboy Outplay Swimmee in black low compression swimwear compression top tomboy


Melo is wearing a high compression Swimmee in size small in the picture on the left. On the right, Melo is wearing a black Swimmee in low compression in size small as well. She personally felt much more comfortable in a low compression, she did not need the additional compression the high compression or flattened look Swimmee was giving her.

 Melo wearing Outplay low compression navy Flatsea compression top
Here Melo is wearing a low compression Flatsea in size small. She’s wearing it with a pair of Boi shorts in navy.
How to pick a size
The size you choose has a lot to do with how the compression material acts on your body. In order to get the most out of any level of compression in any of the Outplay tops, it is very important you know your measurements. Once you have your measurements, please always refer to our size chart as Outplay measurements are not exactly like those used by other brands; we made up our own size chart to better fit our customer base. Its a special size chart just for you.
If your chest measurements fall between sizes and you chose to go for the smaller size, the top will fit much more snug, closer to your body, and the higher the compression, the tighter it will feel allowing for the compression material to do its job and hold everything in. It will create a flatter look all around. If you go for the larger size in your range, you would have a few inches of extra space so it would look more like a tank top that happens to be made out of swimwear material. It all depends on what you want it to look and feel like.
Please remember our compression tops are not binders. Depending on the size and fit you chose, they can serve very closely to a binder, but because of the materials we use in order for you to move and swim in these tops comfortably, they are never going to do the same thing a binder does.
If you have any questions regarding how to pick the right compression level for yourself, please feel free to leave us a comment below or reach out to us by writing to us at hello@outplaywear.com.